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Sound of the Sea Condominiums
Ohio
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32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful views and hard beds”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in 202W. The views of the sea were gorgeous. The condo was very clean and had plenty of extras we didn't expect. (dishwasher tabs, garbage bags, extra toilet paper). The beds were very hard and the master bed faces the balcony and the vertical blinds do a terrible job of keeping the morning sun out. We were awake every day with the sun by 7. We were right across from the stairs and the elevator and always found a close parking spot.

We loved hearing the fighter jets fly over head and enjoyed seeing the helicopters every day. AT least two or three a day. The pool was always clean and is a nice size. We enjoyed the deep end...8 ft. The beach is beautiful however the surf was always very rough.

On our last morning, we checked out early and our realty company had a continental breakfast for the early birds. I took a muffin for later and discovered it had MOLD growing on it!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Apparently this place is in the flight path of the local Marine base. It's 10:18pm and the Harriers have been flying over ever 10 minutes for the past hour. The room, unit 302, needs work. Terrible paint job, front door needs replaced, kitchen cabinets are like cardboard, replace the mirrors and all of the closet doors throughout. It just feels cheap. The owners really need to put some effort into this place. Some simple low cost things could really change my opinion.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Dover, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2012

Just got back from our vacation to Emerald Isle where we stayed at Sound of the Sea. The views from the balcony were amazing and the conc was in excellent condition. Our condo was on the 3rd floor and there were no elevators which made it difficult to carry our luggage up and down to unload and pack the car. But overall that was the only frusterating thing. The kitchen came equiped with basic essentials and the condo we stayed in had a beach umbrella, beach chairs and toys for kids to use on the beach. This place has not 1 but 2 outdoor pools that were never too full, but always refreshing. It was only a short walk to the beach which was never very crowded even on a gorgeous day. Over all this was the best beach vacation I've ever had. If you're used to visiting places like Ocean City this place doesn't even compare.

**Just a note that linens do not come with the rental but you can pay an extra fee to rent them. We did this and it was the best decision we could have made. Less items to haul around.***

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Huntersville, North Carolina
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58 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2012

Wasn't overly impressed but was definately satisfied. Can't beat the location. Clean, private area with a good level of pricing. Overall was pleased, it's a quality place. Only downside is the beds we were in were like rocks, but that could be condo specific.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Pittsburgh
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

We stayed in the Sound of the Sea Condominiums in the West Building (which is closer to the ocean) and has fantastic views of the beach. The condo was clean, large and well-equipped. When we arrived, we found that the balcony door did not lock. We called maintenance and they arrived within 15 minutes and were friendly and helpful. The only "complaint" I have about the condos is that the towels/washclothes provided feel like sandpaper! I don't know if it's because they are worn out of what, but they were extremely uncomfortable especially on skin that got some sun! So I would suggest bringing your own. Other than that, we had a wonderful time and would definitely go back again. The condo unit is gated for security and the beach is beautiful and uncrowded. The condo is in good location with a shopping center within walking distance. There are restaurants, movie theaters, mini-golf, etc. very close by. Also, regarding restaurants, I had looked at past reviews for some good recommendations. We tried El Zarape (mexican) and The Crab Shack (which was recommended by some locals). We were disappointed by both so I would not recommend either. The best place that we found was Portofinos which is an Italian place. It was good but not great, but better than anything else we had found. Overall, we highly recommend the area -- it's absolutely beautiful and relaxing!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Charlotte NC
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23 reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

My husband and I just returned from a week at Sound of the Sea #104North (1 bedroom unit). We found our unit through vrbo.com. The condo complex was really nice – great pool (2, actually), showers by the beach, gated entry, plenty of parking and easy access to the beach (maybe 2 minutes). It is also located across the street from Food Lion and other shops and restaurants.

The beach in Emerald Isle was really nice and the beach at this property was not crowded at all. We went out a couple days after lunch and were still able to get a nice spot.

I’d definitely go with a condo over a hotel, in fact I’m not even sure if Emerald Isle had any nice hotels.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bangor, Maine
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2011

My family is used to European vacation apartments, and this one (415W) fit the bill. Two generous sized bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, 2 baths, WiFi, elevator, laundry in the apartment, and a good view/ breeze from the balcony. What more could you want? We didn't bother with the extra $ for the beach front, as the complex is angled so that all the apartments have a good breeze and good view, at least if you are 3rd floor or higher.

My only reservation is that the doors are thin, and we could hear our neighbors. We couldn't hear them through the walls, just if they were right outside our door. But other than that, everything was perfect. This apartment even had puzzles for rainy days and an umbrella that we could borrow. We cooked and had everything that we could have wanted.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Sound of the Sea Condominiums
Address: 8801 Reed Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Emerald Isle
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Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Emerald Isle
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Sound Of The Sea Condominiums Hotel Emerald Isle

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